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FOR RELEASE: March 9, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Oklahoma “Babies Can’t Wait” Conference to be held April 1

A conference designed to provide health professionals with important information concerning childhood development and support services for children and families is scheduled next month.

The Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference, “Babies Can’t Wait,” will be held Thursday, April 1, from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. at the Metro Technology Center, Springlake Campus Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City.

Nationally known keynote speaker, Michael Trout, M.A., will speak on “Adaptation and Resilience in Early Childhood.” Trout is director of the Infant-Parent Institute in Champaign, Ill., an organization engaged in research, clinical practice, and clinical training related to problems of parent-infant attachment. He was founding president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health and served on the charter editorial board of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Trout has been in the field of mental health since 1968 and is the author of numerous books and journal articles. He also produced 14 documentary films including The Awakening of Growth in the Human: Studies in Infant Mental Health.

“The conference is designed to give health care professionals information beneficial to the optimal development of children and families through prevention, identification, treatment and support services. We want to encourage persons in the fields of early intervention and those who work with children to attend,” said Ellen Wisdom, Public Health Social Work Coordinator at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

The “Babies Can’t Wait” conference is especially directed toward professionals in child welfare, childcare, child guidance, child health, mental health, nurses, pediatricians, social workers, and psychologists. Applications have been submitted for continuing education credits for social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and licensed professional counselors.

Early registration before March 15 is $60 for association members and $80 for non-members and renewing members. After March 15, the registration fee is $90. For a conference brochure, e-mail Inetta Tiger at inettat@health.state.ok.us . For information about the conference, contact OSDH Public Health Social Work Coordinator Ellen Wisdom at ellenw@health.state.ok.us or call 405/271-4480.

Co-sponsors for the conference include OSDH Family Health Services Maternal and Child Health Service, the Early Childhood Mental Health Network, the Division of Child Care of the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services, Family Voices, and Transitions, Inc.

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